Kingdom : Animalia
                    Class : Mammalia
                 Family : Myrmecobiidae
  Scientific Name : Myrmecobius Fasciatus

                      Size : 35 - 45cm (13 - 18in)
                 Weight : 280 - 550g (9.9oz - 19oz)
           Top Speed : 24km/h (15mph)
            Life Span : 4 - 8 years

                Colour : Black, White, Grey,
                                 Brown, Tan, Red
           Skin Type : Fur
Special Features : Long tail and snout 
                                and striped body
  1. Numbats are small-sizes marsupials found in Western Australia.
  2. Interestingly, despite being marsupials, the female numbats do not have a belly pouch.
  3. They have long, colorful fur on their body.
  4. They inhabit the woodlands (especially consisting of Eucalyptus trees) and grasslands close to water.
  5. They are solitary animals with huge home ranges.
  6. They are diurnal animals hunting by the day and resting by the night.
  7. They hunt and feed on termites and ants using their long tongues and front claws.
  8. The sleep in hollow logs or burrows during the night.
  9. An adult numbat can eat more than 20,000 termites in a single day!
  10. Their natural predators are snakes, foxes, dingoes, feral cats and birds of prey.
  11. They breed between the months of January to May.
  12. The female numbat gives birth to around 4 babies after a 2-week gestation.
  13. The numbat babies attach themselves to their mother’s teat as soon as they are born and do not leave her for a few months.
  14. In the absence of a belly pouch, the babies are sheltered and protected by their mother’s long hair.
  15. Due to habitat loss, numbats are an endangered species today.

 

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